National Eligibility cum Entrance Test, NEET 2018 notification is likely to be released today, February 8, 2018. The Central Board of Secondary Education, CBSE on the official website cbseneet.nic.in would release the notification. The reports also suggest that government is planning to make a 50% score in NEET examination mandatory for students planning to study medicine abroad. The step is being taken to counter the issue of the incompetence in the medical education.
As per the reports Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare is considering the move to ensure only the deserving candidates study medicine in universities abroad. Every year about 7000 students study medicine in the countries like China and Russia. This number has only been increased after NEET was made a uniform national admissions test for MBBS and BDS courses across government and private medical colleges in the country. The students who come back to the country after studying medicine are often not cleared by the Medical Council of India, MCI’s licentiate examination is required to practice in India.
As per the present rules, any student who has secured 50 percent marks in his/her class 12 board examinations (or equivalent) could procure an Eligibility Certificate from MCI to study medicine abroad. By making NEET mandatory would at least ensure that only capable students are enrolling in medical courses abroad. The Health Ministry is also in discussions with the ministry of education of the Chinese Government and has identified 45 good colleges for Indian students to study medicine from. At present, China is the go-to destination for students planning to study medicine abroad. However, whether or not the suggestion would be implemented from this year would only be confirmed once the NEET 2018 notification is released. Also, the queries regarding the eligibility of open school candidates and the upper age limit continue to be big questions. Sources confirm that the NEET 2018 online application forms are likely to be made available from today onwards on the official website.